Today, caregivers across the globe employ the Montessori method to work with people with dementia. One of the major differences between kids and people with dementia is that people with dementia are experiencing memory decline, which is opposite to the child who is building memory. The most important message is that people with dementia are still people—there is a person behind the dementia.
Note: To access the linked articles, you must be signed in to your Active Aging Today subscriber account. In the November/December issue of Active Aging Today, we address one of the most challenging—and prevalent—diseases of aging people: dementia. However, using Montessori methods can help people with the disease lead happier, more productive lives, says Gail Elliot of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging at McMaster University.